Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
Fly to fashion capital Milan in style with V Australia
Italians are a passionate bunch and it’s hard to put my finger on which one of their passions is the greatest. It’s not just the food, art and language or the fashion, architecture of football that has me hooked – it’s everything. Book your V Australia ticket to Milan and see for yourself what this cosmopolitan city means to you.
Make your way to the main square of Milan where you can marvel at the gothic façade of the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano). There are regular tours of the cathedral as well as the opportunity to visit the crypt and treasury. The rooftop tour gives you the chance to see the pinnacles and rooftop sculptures up close – all while taking in the breathtaking views of the Milan skyline.
Leonardo da Vinci lived in Milan for 20 years and a visit to the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie to view his coveted masterpiece, The Last Supper, will have you in awe. The piece is of inestimable value and even for non-enthusiasts or Da Vinci Code fans should be viewed regardless of how far the queue seems to stretch!
Many an Italian design house have their flagship stores based in Milan including Valentino, Gucci, Prada, Armani, Versace and Dolce & Gabanna. You can shop these internationals as well as the likes of Christian Dior, Missoni and Louis Vuitton at the Quadrilatero d’oro. The square (made of four streets) is the perfect place to people watch but I must warn you; even the coffee comes with a designer price tag.
For a shopping experience much lighter on the purse strings, head to the Viale Fauche markets. Held every Saturday they’re a fashionistas dream with discounted clothes and shoes from some of Italy’s leading stylists.
A dairy purists dream, Milan is the place to savour milk, cream, butter and cheese – the region famous for its gorgonzola, taleggio and stracchino varieties. Rice is used in dishes more often than pasta and cream replaces tomato as the base of most Milanese cuisine.
My favourite spot to enjoy risotto alla Milanese (saffron risotto) is at Trattoria della Pesa. Located at Viale Pasubio 10 it’s my pick for a traditional Milanese restaurant.
Home to both A.C Milan and F.C Internazionale Milano, Milan is the only European city to boast two European Cup and FIFA World Cup winning football teams. Games for both teams can be enjoyed at one of Europe’s biggest stadiums, the San Siro (Stadio Giuseppe Meazza) with a capacity exceeding 80, 000 get yourself to a game.
Tired of looking at Ferrari showrooms? Then book your tickets now for the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship Race in Monza. This year the world champion race will be held from the 9th through to the 11th September. The Monza Formula One draws huge crowds and is infamously known as the quickest circuit on the Formula One calendar.
No trip to Milan would be complete without a visit to La Scala Opera (Teatro alla Scala). One of the most prestigious opera theatres in the world, rooms are steeped in operatic history having been the home to the creme de la creme of premiers, including Giacomo Puccini’s Madam Butterfly in 1904.
With fares this low you know they won’t last long. Now is the time to book your flights to Milan with V Australia and partner Etihad.
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